This definition applies to all payments.
'Provisional commencement day' is generally the day on which the customer lodged their claim for payment. Pensions and allowances are generally not payable before the provisional commencement day, although some payments do have specific backdating provisions.
The provisional commencement day rules for all payments are specified in Chapter 2 of the Act. These rules are explained in the commencement day topic for each payment in Part 3 of this Guide.
Examples: The policy references below are examples of the provisional commencement day sections in the Act and explanations in the SS Guide:
Policy reference: SS Guide 8.3 Start Days
Last reviewed: 2 September 2002